So, yeah, Obama won. We all saw that coming. And if you didn’t, I’d like to introduce you to Dave Silver. And obvi that means Mittens lost. But, let’s be honest — middle-aged dudes are not really my thing (despite what you may have heard). So who were the winners and losers that I’m actually interested in?
1. Young voters: I was too cool (too young? too non-American citizen? You can make up your own version of events) to vote in ’08, so I contributed to the growing number of youth voters under 29. According to the Post, we accounted for 19% of the electorate this year, up a percentage point from ’08. We rocked the hell out of the vote. We also pick (make?) winners — Obama had a 24 point advantage. He’s basically our age.
2. Women: Ladies also know how to pick ’em. Mr. B had a significant advantage in female votes. What remains to be seen is whether or not Obama is like that boyfriend you give a second chance to who totally blows it (and becomes the subject of a Taylor Swift song). Lady politicians are not only rocking the pantsuit, as the LA Times notes, 1/3 of the upper chamber’s Democrats are now women (20% of the Senate overall).
3. Gay marriage supporters: A 32- state streak shooting down marriage equality movements was broken when voters in Maine and Maryland put their balls where their ballots were and approved same-sex marriage in a popular vote. According to HuffPo, this may only be the beginning: “Activists said Tuesday’s results will likely spur pushes for same-sex marriage in states that already have established civil unions for gay couples – including Illinois, Rhode Island, Hawaii and Delaware.”
4. Minorities: Viva la….vote? Is it the same in Spanish? I already have too many tabs open. Anyway, the Hispanic vote is up from ’08. And, as you may have guessed, these guys can pick a winner too. The Star Trib says, “Black voters made up 13 percent of the electorate, just as they did in 2008, and Hispanics increased from 9 percent to 10 percent. Obama won more than 70 percent of Hispanics and more than 90 percent of blacks, according to exit polls.” Hispanics made up 17 percent of Florida’s voters this year, up from 14 percent in 2008. HUGE news for my home state.
5. People who smoke pot: I don’t really know anyone who this applies to, but they won, so they get kudos. As I don’t really have anything to say about this, I’ll just defer to AP.
1. Donald Trump: This guy cannot catch a break. By which, of course, I mean people are always making fun of him. I agree with Andrew from Buzzfeed – his behavior has to be an elaborate joke. Today he went after Brian Williams, and we all know how I feel about Bdubs. And if you don’t, it’s something like Caroline Manzo from Real Housewives of New Jersey.
2. Linda McMahon: We knew she was in trouble when she turned to body slamming Chris Murphy, who didn’t spend $97 million of his own money.
3. Joe Scarborough: Having to grow a molestache = automatic lose. ICYMI…
4. My Roommate: She works…oh, sorry, WORKED for Romney. In Virginia. I hope she can still pay her rent.
5. Inappropriate Comments About Rape: Akin lost to a lady (holla!) and Mourdock lost to an ND grad (also holla!), so I’m going to say this was a win for me specifically.
-Dick Lugar, who was defeated by Mourdock, the man God intended to lose the Senate race to Joe Donnelly. Somewhere he’s sitting there, laughing hysterically, saying, “How you like me now, Hoosiers?!”
–The numbers 55 and 45. One or both of these numbers played a part in: the legalization of marijuana in Colo. and WA, the presidential election in WA, AZ, MT, MN, GA, SC, and my home county of Hernando, FL, and just so happens to be the current ratio of Democrats to Republicans in the Senate (assuming the 2 Ind reps vote with Dems as they are expected to).